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Fazil Najafi

Professor Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
Office 470 Weil Hall Work Phone: (352) 294-7790 Work Phone: (352) 870-2477 (always available)


Dr. Najafi, received his BS, MS and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a UF professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. He has published and presented more than 300-refereed publications nationally, and internationally. He has received numerous awards: a Senior Fulbright Scholar, teaching, and best paper awards, He specializes in transportation planning, construction management, legal aspects, and renewable energy.

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  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Transportation Engineering and Planning), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (1977)
  • MS, Civil Engineering (Transportation Planning), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (1972)
  • BS, Architectural Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (1970)
  • BS, Civil Engineering, American College of Engineering, University of Kabul, Afghanistan (1963)

Research Areas and Interests:

  • Diversified Civil Engineering research, Engineering Education research, Materials & Pavements, New Infrastructure Planning and Management, Sustainable Construction Engineering, Waste Water Management Systems research.
  • Renewable Energy (e.g., Solar, Wind, Geothermal Energy etc..), Transportation Planning and Engineering, and Public works.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Solar Roadways Award, ASCE Annual, 2015
  • First annual E4 Lecturer of the Year award, 2012
  • Best Paper Award, 2011 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2011
  • Paper Award, University of Athens, Athens, Greece, July 2009
  • Teacher of great influence recognition, 2005, Fall Academic Convocation faculty honoree, UF
  • Awarded “Work of Heart Award” in appreciation for Outstanding Volunteer Service benefiting the local
    community, Gainesville, FL, May 2004.

Memberships and Professional Committees

  • American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education-Southeastern Section (ASEE-SE)
  • Member, International Road Federation (IRF)
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi, Florida Alpha Chapter
  • Chief Marshall for the New Student Convocation, College of Engineering, UF
  • Member, College of Engineering Faculty Recognition & Awards Committee